Reports: Multiple victims in shooting at Gilroy Garlic Festival

There are multiple eyewitness accounts and news agencies reporting a shooting and multiple victims at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Christmas Hill Park.

KSBW has confirmed with Gilroy police that there was a shooting situation at the festival. NBC Bay Area reported that ambulance crews were told that 11 people were down and there is video on social media of people fleeing the festival after hearing gunshots.

KPIX reported that Santa Clara County Medical Center said they have admitted two patients hurt in the incident and are expecting two more.

The Gilroy Police Department said on Twitter at 7:22 p.m. that the scene was still active. The department posted to Twitter on Sunday evening that they are opening a reunification for people who were at the festival when the shooting broke out Gavilan College at parking lot B.

“The hearts of Gilroy PD and entire community go out to the victims of today’s shooting at the Garlic Festival,” they wrote.

In the video, people are seen running in increasing numbers with someone asking “what’s going on?” before what sounded like a shot is heard in the distance and the person taking the video starts running themselves.

“This is crazy,” someone can be heard saying as people continue to rush off of the festival grounds in a hurry, in a later video posted by the same person.

“This is actually crazy. How do you shoot at the garlic festival? Like who you got beef with at the garlic festival?” they continued.

Multiple people who said they were at the festival when the shooting began tweeted about it on Sunday evening.

“Holy sh*t I had just left the Gilroy Garlic Festival when some guy started shooting up the place,” wrote journalist and Bay Area resident Sarah Belle Lin on Twitter. “I’m so scared for all the families and people still there.

NBC Bay Area spoke to Gilroy Councilwoman Cat Tucker, who confirmed security checked bags and wanded adults entering the festival. Tucker said it was the first year such measures were taken, in part because of other shootings around the country.

“It appears that we have done as much security as anybody normally would,” she said.

This report will be updated as more details emerge.

Drew Costley is an SFGATE editorial assistant. Email: | Twitter: @drewcostley

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